Trendy Kitchen Updates and Why They Are So Popular

So you have decided to give your kitchen a refresh! Updating appliances and paint colors is a popular way to give your kitchen that modern look.  But what new trends will make your kitchen more functional and efficient?  Let’s take a look at several popular trends people are incorporating into their kitchen remodel and the reasons behind them.

Trendy Kitchen Updates and Why They Are So Popular

One Large Sink

Remember when washing dishes was a daily chore?  Split sinks were originally designed for easy separation of soapy water and rinse water. Dishwashers have become standard in most kitchens today. Hand washing is generally reserved for items which are very delicate or extremely large. Nowadays split sinks just make it harder to wash those large platters and pots.  And has accidentally bumping your dishes against the middle divider ever caused breakage?  When replacing your old sink, consider a large undivided sink that can handle your oversize dishes and still allow plenty of washing room.

Spice Drawers

Have you ever been frustrated looking for one particular spice in your cabinet?  Storing your spices in drawers on either side of your cook top or range makes them easy to access and organize. Drawer inserts fitting standard drawer lengths are available from a variety of manufacturers and cradle the jars on their sides to prevent rolling.  Jars held this way make labels easy to read and alphabetize.

Deep Drawers

Swinging cabinet doors can be awkward and hinder access especially in corners and tight areas.  Most cabinet companies are offering deep drawers as an alternative for base cabinets with swinging doors.  Keep in mind they are more expensive because of the extra hardware and do not offer as much flexibility for storing small appliances and larger items. So a judicious combination of both will probably be best.  When selecting which type of base cabinetry to install, walk around your kitchen space and pretend to pull dishes out of your cabinets.  This type of play-acting will also clarify which direction cabinet doors should swing.

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to showcase your style and add value to your home. And today’s kitchens incorporate function and efficiency into their designs.

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Updating Your Bathroom

The two rooms of your home that tell the age of the house are the kitchen and bathroom. It is not uncommon for the bathroom to end up being the last place you remodel in a home. So, is it time to update that bathroom? If you still have the original colored fixtures, such as avocado or raspberry, it is probably overdue.

Updating Your Bathroom

Reasons for Updating

The biggest reason for updating is that the bathroom is a big influence on your mood and your daily life. It is a small room with a big impact on how you feel as you face the day. You really will feel more energized with a comfortable and lovely space for your morning shower or evening bath. You should also consider that a bathroom remodel increases the value of your home, this is one of the first areas that even a little change can make a big difference. For a cost-effective update, keep your fixtures in the same places. This does not mean you can’t change your tub for a shower. While you are remodeling, have your pipes checked for wear. Eventually even the pipes wear out, and there is no better time for replacing old pipes than when you change out your fixtures. Especially in older homes, the pipes will eventually need some work. While your walls are already open is the best time for these repairs.

Thoughts for Bathroom Renovations

Remember how long the house has had these fixtures. You want the new ones to last just as well, because bathrooms are not often redone. Plan for your future needs, as well as your present ones. Will you stay in your home into retirement? Consider adding aging in place features now. We all need towel bars, why not make them decorative grab bars? Floating vanities and lever handled sinks are age friendly features that do not detract from the style of your bathroom. If you are changing to a shower from a bath, add a bench and a hand shower. You might not need them now, but they will come in handy later. If you are not planning to retire in your home, you should still consider the resale value such features add.

At Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service, we can help you update your bathroom and make it perfect for your life now and in the future. Contact us for more information.